The Merton S. Rice Memorial Organ
M.P. Möller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland
5 Manuals - 8 Divisions - 121 Ranks
The Merton S. Rice Memorial Organ was donated by Stanley and Dorothy Kresge and was installed in 1970 at a cost of $194,000 plus $10,000 to harden the chamber walls. The original installation had 119 ranks and 6,849 pipes in nine divisions. The two front chambers contain all Möller pipework except the 32' Bombarde and 32' Bourdon from the original Austin Organ, which were revoiced by Möller. American organ virtuoso - Virgil Fox, performed the dedication recital.
The Gallery divisions are all Austin pipework and are untouched tonally and mechanically with the one exception of a clarinet that was moved from the chancel choir to make room for a regal.
In 1978, a Solo division was created when the unenclosed Fanfare division of three harmonic reeds, Grand Cornet V, and a V rank Mixture were supplemented by several Diapasons, Flutes, a Corno di Bassetto, and an English Horn. The Mixture was removed to make room for the additional stops. The reeds were revoiced as the entire division is now under expression. In 1980 an unenclosed hooded Tuba Major was added as well as an electronic subwoofer extension for the 32' Bourdon in the pedal.
In 1991, a solid-state combination action and 32 levels of memory were added. The number of general pistons was increased from 12 to 24. In 1995, several stops of the Great and Positiv divisions were rescaled with new pipework. Present resources are 7,003 pipes and 121 ranks in eight divisions. To view the Rice Memorial Organ stop list click Stop List and Stop List (cont).
Kresge Hall Organ
Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont
2 Manuals - 3 Divisions - 13 Ranks
In 1923 the Sunday School Auditorium (presently named Kresge Hall) could seat 800 and there was installed a small Estey organ of two manuals, 13 ranks with 900+ pipes. The “cash register” console is a unique and most noticed feature. The manual keys are made of celluloid, not plastic or ivory. The organ speaks into the room from a chamber on the left side of the stage in an unforced manner and beautifully resonates with the natural acoustics of the hall. Mr. Jerroll Adams (organ builder) of Milan, MI maintains the organs of Metropolitan UMC.